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Jeffrey W. McClure

Salado, Texas United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 248 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2018
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  • Witches of Lychford

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Cornell
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities while some object to the modernization of the local environment. Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth - that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies....

    Jeffrey W. McClure says: "Superb story and narration"
    "Superb story and narration"
    Overall
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    Story

    This Novella is a relatively short listen but is well done in every aspect. The narrator is perfect for the story. If you like a good mystery where the protagonists discover that there is a world beside ours with occasional people crossing over in both directions you will enjoy this tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Iron & Blood: The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Dalzelle
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1392)

    The Federation's military command is desperate, and with their fleet still in tatters, they make a last-ditch effort to free the planet: They pull Captain Jackson Wolfe out of retirement and put him in command of a ship they hope can get past the defending armada and provide support to the beleaguered Marines and civilians fighting on the surface of the contested world. There is no reasoning with this enemy. If the Terran Federation wants their planet back, they will have to pay the price.

    Thomas Allen says: "Almost finished in one sitting"
    "A great Sci-fi read or listen"
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    Story

    Dalzelle hit a home run again. The only part I didn't like was that it ended. The story is running a bit faster now so we don't get to know the players quite as well who have come on the stage late, but it does move right along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthcore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6167)
    Performance
    (5780)
    Story
    (5754)

    EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

    Leslie says: "Awesome Book. Well written and very creative!"
    "A dark and sometimes hard to accept fantesy"
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    If you like being inside the head of a succession of psychotic homicidal maniacs that alternate between rational, professional, thought and sudden unreasoning suicidal or homicidal insanity as disaster and death loom almost constantly, this is your book. It is absolutely action-filled, so boredom is rarely an issue, but turn off critical thinking as you punch the "play" button. An example: in much of the book the party of protagonists is in an environment where the temperature is 170 to 200-degrees Fahrenheit and, as a result, must wear "cool suits" that unexplainedly cool their bodies and even the air they breathe, but frequently the author includes observations about the female characters' hair bouncing around in plain view outside the suit. When there is dust in the air, the characters sometimes react to it and other times are immune. There are many other minor, but to a detail-oriented person, jarring examples of similar things that just don't make sense.

    Again, the book is action packed and has good character development and a suspense filled plot but I found it depressing and the characters thoughts and actions inconsistent and somewhat shallow.

    58 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • The Fold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27902)
    Performance
    (26016)
    Story
    (25978)

    The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Star Trek: Q-Squared"
    "A Riveting Near-Today Science Fiction Mystery"
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    WARNING: Once you get into The Fold, you may lose a night's sleep. It is well written, well paced, and generally scientifically accurate. Sadly, "scientifically accurate" usually means "awkward," but not this time. Character development is well done and spread through the narrative and dialogue in a natural free-flowing manner. I highly recommend the book both for its written content and for the excellent reading by Ray Porter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Veiled: Alex Verus, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1577)

    Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he'll do whatever it takes to get them - even if it means accepting a job enforcing magical law. Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

    Coral says: "Motions"
    "A good, don't-want-it-to-end magic mystery."
    Overall
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    Story

    Glad there are more in the series because the adventures of Alex Verus are immersive and great for leaving this world behind. The tales have more plot twists than a Gordian knot. I particularly like the moral and wisdom lessons scattered throughout the book. Good writing, good development, excellent scene setting. What more can one ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dennis E. Taylor
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34836)
    Performance
    (32647)
    Story
    (32565)

    Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

    ElBob says: "Hooked? No not me, as I sit in a corner holding myself"
    "I almost cried when book two ended"
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    I moaned and wanted to cry when the narrator said, "End of Book Two." Read/listen to the first book first because this one is not a stand alone. By halfway through book one, you will be hooked on BOB in all of his glorious manifestations. This is science fiction that would make Heinlein or Asimov grin and be proud of the tradition they started.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (867)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "An all around good book"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is not your typical detective novel. Instead it is a rich, compelling journey through six months of a small town Swedish detective's life. There are few heroics, but rather the grim pursuit of professional duty by a very human and thereby flawed person. My only disappointment was when I realized the story was over.

    This is a straight forward, third-person story but the evidence and the investigative trails are so twisting a d full of surprises that it needs no literary tricks to keep the reader engaged.

    Dick Hill did an absolutely fantastic job of expressing the moods, the fatigue, the loneliness , and the moments of success in the thoughts and emotions of the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12373)
    Performance
    (11503)
    Story
    (11497)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Joshua says: "Best Fantasy Debut I've Read!"
    "A Mysterious Gripping Tale"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a gripping tale that, as do most good stories, begins a bit slow. As it progresses the elements of the novel series unfold and leave a reader/listener enthralled. One warning though, I have gone to bed wanting to listen to just a bit of the book and suddenly realized three hours have passed. That is the way of Anthony Ryan's writing. Methinks he has inherited a bit of the Irish bard's muse.

    While this is a full novel in many ways, including length and richness, and actually does reason some degree of conclusion, be prepared to go for the next three or you will forever be filled with unanswered questions.

    I downgraded the narration by one star because sometimes in conversations between the scribe penning the tale in the story and the protagonist, I found myself confused as to who was talking. In a printed novel, they would be separated by paragraphs, but Seven Brand, normally an amazingly good narrator, has portrayed their voices so similarly that they sometimes are indistinguishable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6002)
    Performance
    (4611)
    Story
    (4630)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    john says: "Wow what a sequel!!!"
    "Continuing an unparalleled epic"
    Overall
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    Peter Hamilton's mind must be a huge supercomputer! The interweaving of personalities, alien races, plots and subplots is like reading a symphony written by one of the classics masters. This is the second half of The Pandora Star and should be read as such. The characters are richly developed, the story lines are well thought out and deep, and the mysteries are deeply thought provoking. It just doesn't get much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2247)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1875)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "A skein of complexity ending in pure truth"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Chasm City is a masterpiece in prose and verbal narrative. It does take some patience as it seems to start out of sync in space and time and is a story that appears to begin in the middle and work its way not only backward and forward simultaneously, but at the same time in various directions. Like life itself, this app read to make no sense until with the perspective of having vicariously lived it, one looks back with the perspective of both knowledge and hard gained wisdom to see the pattern that unknown until it had formed.

    The book is written from a first person perspective of the protagonist and John Lee both does a masterful job of putting the listener in the protagonist's head and clearly delineating the voices of the other characters so well that there is clear recognition without dependence on a written description of the origin of each voice.

    Again, be patient. The early parts of the book seem disjointed, but there is a method to Reynold's madness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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